This Irish stew slow cooker recipe is simple, hearty, and delicious. Just take a bite of the mouthwatering tender lamb (or beef) and vegetables slow-cooked in an herbed broth with Guinness! YES, please!
You'll ❤️ Irish Lamb Stew
"We had a similar stew in an Irish pub once. It was so dang good that I asked how they made it. Their response: "Guinness." Enough said! 🙂 This is my attempt at re-creating that recipe for you. Enjoy!" -Kori
I intentionally made this a super easy stew that you could throw it together on a super busy morning. You know, the type of mornings where you are doing 10 things at once? 😉
There is no need to brown the meat in this dish (but you can if you want to). This dish uses minimal ingredients - with no compromise on taste - and there is no need to be perfect while cutting up your veg either.
Traditional With A Twist
This Irish stew is a classic lamb stew recipe, but this version has a little more "oomph" so to speak. So what's the twist? I've added some Guinness stout beer. It adds the perfect amount of tang to this dish.
When I think of comfort food I think of stew, soup, and casseroles. Okay, and maybe brownies too. LOL
There is nothing like smelling this delicious stew cooking in the crockpot all day. It fills the kitchen with the most delicious aromas.
After a long hard day at work - it's total bliss to have dinner ready. A warm bowl of stew with my family - total comfort. xoxo
How To Serve
Irish stew is a meal in one so you won't need much in the way of side dishes. Here are a couple of ideas:
- Garnish with fresh parsley or chives.
- Serve it with a side of Irish soda bread, or other crusty bread, biscuits, rolls, or breadsticks.
- A great way to balance a hearty stew like this one is with a fresh green salad with a favorite salad dressing - catalina french dressing, blue cheese, italian dressing, or thousand island.
Here are the ingredients you will need to make this Irish stew (slow cooker) recipe:
See the recipe card for exact quantities.
- Lamb or Beef Stew Meat - while lamb has a much more distinctive taste you can certainly use beef in the recipe!
- Onion - I used a yellow onion but a sweet white onion would be nice as well.
- Potatoes - I used russet potatoes because that is what I had on hand but if you are in a hurry use halved (unpeeled) baby potatoes, or if they're really tiny just pop them in whole.
- Lamb Stock or Beef - use either stock or broth. Stock is always richer.
- Guinness Beer - because this recipe is Irish-inspired - you gotta use Guinness Beer! It's a classic Irish stout beer that's easily found in most grocery stores in the U.S.
- Tomato Paste - acts as a thickener and adds a slight tangy brightness to the recipe.
- Worcestershire Sauce
- Rosemary - I used 1 teaspoon fresh just because it is a very strong herb
- Thyme - dried or fresh is perfectly acceptable. 1 teaspoon of dried equals 1 tablespoon of fresh.
- Kosher Salt - this is the brand of salt I use in practically all recipes (not baking though). Each salt is slightly different so you may need to adjust at the end.
- Ground Black Pepper
- Parsley - used for garnish. Fresh is best for the color and freshness it brings to this dish.
- Optional thickener - flour, cornstarch, or xanthan gum
Equipment and tools needed to make this Guinness beef stew slow cooker:
- 6-quart slow cooker
- Cutting Board
- Chef Knife
- Measuring Cups
- Measuring Spoons
- Mixing Spoon
- Whisk - for whisking the flour and pot juices together.
- Small Bowl
Here are a few ways you can vary or make substitutions to your slow cooker Irish stew:
- Substitute all broth for the beer if you prefer.
- You can make this a Guinness beef stew, or use veal or mutton.
- Add extra vegetables like mushrooms, cabbage, celery, leeks, or even canned diced tomatoes.
- For a little more brightness and tang you could add in a tablespoon of red wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, or lemon juice.
- Add frozen Peas about 30 minutes prior to serving. They add freshness and color to the stew after slow cooking all day.
- Want it spicy? Add some red pepper flakes or a diced hot pepper (remove seeds first).
- Add some fresh minced garlic
- Use different herbs - fresh or dried. Some herbs that go well with lamb are savory, oregano, marjoram, curry, allspice, thyme, rosemary, ginger, mint, and basil, bay leaves.
Here's how to make this Irish stew (Slow Cooker) recipe:
For complete instructions, please see the printable recipe card below.
Add Ingredients To Crock
Add onions, carrots, potatoes, lamb, herbs, stock, beer, salt, and pepper to the crockpot.
Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or until the lamb is done and the vegetables are tender.
Optional: thicken gravy if desired using flour, cornstarch, or xanthan gum.
Serve and Garnish
Adjust salt and pepper if needed.
Serve and garnish with fresh parsley.
- If you prefer a thicker gravy use flour, cornstarch, or xanthan gum (low carb) to thicken after cooking. Leave the lid of the crock pot to allow the gravy to thicken.
- Time-saving tips: To make this go even faster, cut up your carrots and onion ahead of time. If you don't feel like peeling potatoes use baby potatoes and if they are bite size leave them whole, if they are large just cut them into bite-sized pieces. If you are using larger potatoes they need to be peeled, but don't do this until you are ready to make them as they will turn brown.
How do you store leftovers?
To store leftovers, let the stew cool completely, then transfer it to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. See reheating and freezing instructions below.
Can you make it ahead of time?
Yes, you've got two options.
One, you can prepare the stew in its entirety then reheat the day you want to serve it. You can also freeze it; see notes below.
Two, you can pre-prep the lamb by cutting it into cubes. Then, chop and dice the carrots and onion. Wait to peel the potatoes until right before cooking as they will turn brown. Or, use baby potatoes so you don't have to peel. Small bite-size baby potatoes can remain whole. Baby potatoes larger than bite-size can be cut in half. It's really your preference.
How long will this stew keep?
Irish stew will keep up to four days if stored in an airtight container in your refrigerator.
Can you freeze this lamb stew?
Yes, you can freeze lamb stew. To freeze it, let it cool completely after cooking, then transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 3 months.
The thaw, remove the stew from the freezer 24 to 48 hours before you want to cook it. Remove it well in advance - a large portion of stew can take a couple of days to thaw properly.
How do you reheat stew?
Here is what you need to do to reheat your stew:
Microwave: Using a microwave-safe dish, cover a stew serving and reheat on 50% power for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. The exact time depends upon the power of your microwave.
Stovetop: Place the stew in a saucepan, cover, and reheat over low heat, frequently stirring so that it doesn't stick.
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Irish Stew (Slow Cooker)
- 2 pounds lamb or beef stew meat
- 2 large onions (halved then sliced)
- 3 large carrots (peeled and sliced)
- 1 pound potatoes (peeled and cut into 1" chunks)
- 1½ cups lamb stock (or beef)
- ½ cup Guinness beer
- 1 tablespoon worcestershire
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 2 teaspoons dried thyme (or 1 tablespoon fresh)
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary (or ½ tablespoon fresh)
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ¼ cup fresh parsley
- Add all ingredients to the crockpot except parsley.
- Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or until the lamb is done and the vegetables are tender.
- If desired, thicken juices with a tablespoon of flour or 2 teaspoons of corn starch.
- Adjust seasoning, salt, and pepper, and garnish with fresh parsley.
- Don't miss all of our helpful hints, substitution ideas, cooking tips, and other delicious recipes that can be found in our post. Check it out!
- SUBSTITUTIONS: Use any favorite potato variety including baby potatoes; sub veal or lamb for the beef - or use a combination; see the ingredient suggestions and variation tips in the post for more suggestions.
- SERVING SUGGESTIONS: Serve with a side of Irish soda bread, crusty bread, biscuits, rolls, or breadsticks. Garnish with parsley.
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